In a C++ console program, I’ve found how to detect and arrow key on Windows, and I’ve found a lot of other stuff that had nothing to do with the question (despite what I thought were good search terms), but I want to know if there is a platform-independent way to detect an arrow key press. A decent second place for this would be how to detect arrow key press in unix and mac. Code fragments would be appreciated.
There’s no cross platform way to do it because it’s not defined by either C or C++ standards (though there may be libraries which abstract away the differences when compiled on different platforms).
I believe the library you are looking for on POSIX boxes is curses
, but I’ve never used it myself — I could be wrong.
Keep in mind that it’s entirely possible the console program (i.e.
) has monopolized the use of those keys for other functions.